MILWAUKEE -- It was a long time between home runs for Bryan LaHair.
On Wednesday, he hit his first blast since July 4, connecting on a leadoff homer in the seventh in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Brewers.
"Any time you can get a result after hard work, it shows hard work can pay off," LaHair said. "I'll take it."
He's gone from being the Cubs' starting first baseman and All-Star to a spot starter in right field and left-handed bat off the bench.
"It's definitely tough," LaHair said. "It's not something I'm used to, and not something I like. I'm trying to do the best job I can possibly do."
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday he'd like to see players see more pitches in their at-bats and "grind them out." LaHair knows what he means.
"I feel like I grind out most at-bats," LaHair said. "I see a ton of pitches. Very rarely do I ever go up and come right back. Usually, that brings a lot of success, and obviously, it hasn't as of late. I know it will and I'll keep doing what I do."
Now, he's being asked to help some of the young players learn that.
"You go up and just swing at everything, you won't have much success," LaHair said. "It's usually the other way around -- when you see a lot of pitches, you have a lot of success. Battling tough pitches to get that next pitch is key to grinding out an at-bat. You get that pitch or two, you want to do something with it."
Right now, he'd like to get more chances to do that. What about next year?
"I just want to be in the big leagues. I want the opportunity, and whatever opportunity comes my way, I'm going to try to do the best I can," he said.